The current popular evangelical doctrine about the final 70th Week of Daniel is all about the final seven years of the rule of the Antichrist on earth. Did you know this doctrine is only 200 years old in the evangelical Christian world? It became popular only from 1909 with the publication of the Scofield Reference Bible. This study is to prove the 70th Week of Daniel has nothing to do with the Endtime.
In other words, there were 69 sevens or 483 years from the commandment of the Persian King Artaxerxes in 457 BC to rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, Jesus Christ. Adding 483 years to 457 BC is 27 AD when Jesus was 30 years old when He began His ministry preaching the Kingdom of God to the Jews. This was the start of the 70th and final Week of the prophecy of Daniel chapter 9!
Jesus was "cut off" or crucified in the middle of the 70th Week when he was 33 years old in 31 AD. The rest of the 70th Week is the Apostles' ministry to the Jews up until the unbelieving Jews began persecuting the believers in Christ in 34 AD. After that God called the Apostle Paul to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles.
The ministry of Jesus Christ and his disciples to the Jews is the confirmation of the Covenant of Daniel 9:27. The Covenant was the Covenant of Grace through faith that God made with Abraham, and Abraham's children, the people of faith in Christ.Daniel 9:4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; Galatians 3:16-17 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. John 1:12-13 But as many as received him (the Word Who became flesh, Jesus of Nazareth), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The 70th Week ended 2000 years ago! It is not an Endtime event as many evangelicals think! It has absolutely noting to do with the Antichrist!
The last part of Daniel 9:27 is all about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Roman army in 70 AD, 39 years after Jesus was crucified. Luke 21:22 calls that time "days of vengeance".For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
Vengeance upon whom? Upon the unbelieving Jews who crucified Jesus! Matthew 24 calls it "great tribulation". Who was tribulated? The unbelieving Christ-rejecting Jews, not the followers of Christ! They had already fled to the mountains before the Roman army attacked!Luke 21:20-21 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.  Then let them which are in Judæa flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
John Darby and C. I. Scofield propagated the false doctrine that the 70th Week is separate from the first 69 weeks and is in the future, the end of time. The original author of this false doctrine was a Jesuit priest named Francesco Ribera. He cooked it up circa 1580 to divert blame from the Popes of Rome as the prophetic man of sin in II Thessalonians chapter 2! Ribera added a time gap between the 69th Week and the 70th Week in order to promote the Antichrist as an Endtime figure only to get the Protestants to stop thinking of the Popes of Rome as the prophetic antichrist of Scripture, the man of sin of II Thessalonians chapter 2 who sits in the Temple of God -- the Church -- and proclaims himself to be God on earth!1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This is exactly what Jesuit Francesco Ribera has done! If you believe there is at least a 2000-year gap of time between the 69th and the 70th Week, you are believing what the Popes of the Church of Rome want you to believe!
A lack of understanding that the Messiah, Jesus Christ's ministry began immediately AFTER the first 69 weeks has caused a major misunderstanding and misinterpretation of Daniel 9:27 which was promoted by John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield with the Scofield reference Bible.
Darby, Scofield, and others have attributed the "he" of this verse to a final Endtime Antichrist even though the context of the Scripture is clearly talking about Messiah the prince.
I consider attributing the Work of Christ to the Antichrist to be a pernicious lie and utter blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. I feel sorry for those who perpetuate the false Jesuit doctrine of the 70th Week of Daniel. Their work is going to burn up at the judgment of Christ. See I Corinthians 3:15.
My name is James Arendt. I was raised in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois, served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974, and became a full-time missionary for Christ living 40 years in Japan, 3.5 years in Russia, and a few months in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China where I also served the King of Kings, Jesus, as an Ambassador for His Kingdom.
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